When is a good time to get tattooed?
When you are of legal age, not sick, and not pregnant (unless an exception is called for). Choose an appointment date at a time when you know you can avoid excessive sunlight, excessive sweating, and being submerged in water, for one month after the procedure. For people living in hot climates, winter time is often the best time to get tattooed.
Does tattooing hurt?
Well sure! However, the pain is an irritation on the outside, not an internal pain like a toothache or an injection. If you really want a tattoo, you definitely be able to handle it. That, however, is not to say that some areas of the body are not worse than others! Tattoos work best and hurt the least on the body's smooth outer surfaces, over muscle or fat.
Where do I get the art for my tattoo?
I am a custom tattooist, though I might be able to work with you if you already have a piece of artwork in mind. In the planning phase of your tattoo, I welcome you to bring in all forms of inspiration: from photos of art and tattoos, to objects, to ideas, to stories… use your imagination and internal inspiration! Since you are commissioning me for my artwork, I will need complete freedom to make the tattoo with my experience, knowledge, expression, sense of design, and skills. There are muscle groupings, skeletal structures, positions, sizes, compositions, color tones, and various other variables that need to be considered in creating your design.
I have a really _____ tattoo, can you fix it?!
Yes. Depending on the piece, I can give you a completely new image, or remake the existing one to look how you really wanted it to!
What are your safety and sanitary procedures?
I truly care about my clients' absolute safety! And mine. I adhere to the Universal Precautions, industry standards, and then some (because it can't hurt to be extra clean and careful). Every needle is a brand new, sterile, single-use tool. Every surface that comes in contact with skin or body fluids is fully protected with hospital-grade, disposable covers. The highest degree of attention is given in my sanitizing procedures. I am fully trained and certified in Bloodborne Pathogens and cross-contamination.
How much does a tattoo cost? And what is your deposit policy?
Since every tattoo is different, the ultimate price for your specific piece will depend on it's size, location, and detail. For tattoos about the size of my palm, or smaller, I can generally quote you a full price. For anything larger, I charge an hourly or measurement-based rate, according to your specific piece.
Artwork deposits will be half of the tattoo price. If your tattoo will require multiple sessions, or if you request to divide it into sessions, you will pay for each session separately, not the whole tattoo up front. For people that would like to start a piece, but would prefer to pay in increments instead of a lump sum, having multiple sessions is a great option.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash, cards, and PayPal.